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September 24, 2020 28 min
What's behind our eternal fascination with mermaids? Who are the 'Missing Generation' who leave islands and never come back, and why? Find out in this episode. We talk with Philip Hayward, an island scholar, author and mermaid specialist. Can you find paradise on an island? (Can you find paradise anywhere?!) You’ll learn how to separate myth from reality when trying to make the best island choice for you; the challenging reality of island life; and, you’ll learn a lot about mermaids!

Phil’s an island scholar from the University of Technology Sydney. He’s editor of global island journal Shima and he’s visited a number of islands around the world and has lived on a few. He’s thought deeply on what makes an ideal island and shares his thoughts with us. Phil is also the author of two books on mermaids published in 2017 and 2018, he edited a special issue of the journal Shima on Mermaids and Mercultures, published in October 2018, and he curated an exhibition of visual art entitled Making a Splash, Mermaids and Modernity, that toured Aust in 2017-18.

Challenges of island life, island living reality, islands, start a new life, living on an island, Norfolk Island, Amami Islands, Coochiemudlo Island, Brisbane, Redlands Coast, downshift, downsize, seachange, lifestyle, mermaids, mermen, sirens, siren on a rock.

To learn more about Phil Hayward and his work, go to

Scaled for Success: The Internationalisation of the Mermaid (as editor and principal author), London: John Libbey & Co/University of Indiana Press - 262 pages

Making a Splash: Mermaids (and Mermen) in 20th and 21st Century audiovisual media, London: John Libbey & Co/University of Indiana Press - 232 pages

Shima (Global Island Journal)

'Introduction: Mermaids, Mercultures and The Aquapelagic Imaginary', Shima v12 n2 pp1-11 (2018)

'I's the Merb'y: Masculinity, Mermen and Contemporary Newfoundland', Shima v12 n2 (co-authored with Cory Thorne) pp208-230 (2018)

Norfolk Island, Australia

Amami Islands, Japan

Join Rachael Krinks and guests from Australia and around the world who have started new lives on islands. We talk to ordinary folk who decided to start a new life living on an island, as well as bloggers, academics and other experts on all things island … we’ll help you figure out if island life is for you and how to make the shift successful. If you want to start a new life living on an island, this podcast is for you.

Redland City Council is proud to provide funding for the Start a New Life Living on an Island Podcast as part of the COVID-19 Relief and Recovery Grants Program to assist the Redlands Coast Community.
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